Above: Bjorn recording in the studio
There’s a Christmas buzz in the air! We’ve decorated the office with tinsel and baubles, Josh has put Michael Bublé on the big speakers, and we’re getting the team back together to plan our Christmas programmes. It’s that familiar festive excitement, as we dream up new ways to tell the greatest story ever told to NZ’s biggest commercial radio audience.
“I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.” (Luke 2:10)
No team has more energy and ‘buzz’ than our kids show team! The team’s Director Grace Bucknell was a finalist at the 2021 New York Radio Awards - so the bar has been set high for this year.
People often ask us about our relationship with Rhema Media. We’re pleased to say that we are great friends! We work together when we can, such as with our biennial Media Prayer Day. Our media chaplains provide support to the team at Rhema Media, Rev Frank Ritchie is a regular on-air contributor, and many of their announcers have played a huge role in CBA programmes over the years, including Life FM’s Bjorn Brickell, who will once again be anchoring our Crazy Kiwi Christmas Kids Show this year.
Above: The ‘Crazy Kiwi Christmas Kids Show’ team after recording at Phil Yule’s studio last year
Bjorn says, “Hosting the kids show at Christmas is something that I’m really passionate about. I love the space that CBA takes in the market; Rhema and CBA really have a similar goal - to point people towards Jesus and tell them about who God is in their life. I think it’s special what CBA does, in that they have an audience that is not in that place already.
“I think a lot of people have an idea of who they think God is, or what a Christian is. But if they’ve never had a positive experience with somebody sharing the Gospel with them, or felt the presence of God, or that kind of undeniable truth that can just knock on the door of your heart - then, we hope we can help bring that in a way that’s relatable, that speaks to where they are at.
“Radio is so personal. You’re talking to one person because most people listen to the radio on their own - it’s one-to-one. God is at work in people’s lives - and He speaks through the programmes that people hear.
“So, it’s a really special opportunity. And that’s why I’m always excited to play any part I can. I just can’t thank people enough for supporting the work that CBA does and for allowing me to play a part in this great opportunity.” •